We believe that baptism is an important step of obedience for everyone who has received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

Baptism is the best way to express your faith and reflect your life change. If you know you want to be baptized, we're excited for you! We consider if a privilege to walk with you as you take this next step on your spiritual journey.

If you’re not sure you are ready to be baptized, or want to talk to a Pastor about what it means to follow Jesus, please send us a message at baptism@airdriealliance.com.


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Baptism... What is it?

Baptism is a physical symbol of the new life you receive when you make Jesus King of your life. It is a public declaration that “Jesus is Lord” and that you’re following Him as a brand new person. In baptism, we go down under the water signifying our death to our old way of living, and we come up out of the water signifying our new life in Jesus.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! —2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

 

Baptism is also an act of obedience. By deciding to follow Jesus, we are choosing to submit ourselves to Him, following His example, and doing what He commands.

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. —Matthew 28:19-20a (NIV)

Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?” But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” —Matthew 3:13-15 (NLT)

Who is Baptism For?

Baptism is for everyone* who has made a personal decision to follow Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Because sin separates us from God, and because each of us has sinned, we are all in need of saving. Only Jesus, through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, has the power to save us from sin and its consequences, wiping the slate of our lives clean and restoring us back to relationship with God. This is what happens when we believe in Him!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. —John 3:16-17 (NIV)

 

If you have asked Jesus for forgiveness of your sins, believed that Jesus died for you, and confessed Him as Lord (King of your life), then you are ready to be baptized! 

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. —Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)

 

*our church baptizes those 10+ years

How Do We Do It?

Here at AAC, we baptize by immersion. The original Greek words used for baptism in the New Testament, “Baptisma” and “Baptizo,” literally mean to be immersed, dipped, completely covered.

We also believe that going fully under the water is the best demonstration of the spiritual reality of what has already taken place in the life of those who choose to follow Jesus.

For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. —Colossians 2:12 (NIV)

Have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. —Romans 6:3-4 (NIV)

Your Testimony

Before you are baptized, we want you to share a short testimony with us! This testimony is 1 or 2 sentences in response to the question, “Why do you want to get baptized today?” (The Pastor will read it to the congregation before they baptize you).

Use these questions to help you think through what you want to share:

  • What was your life like before you accepted Jesus as your Saviour?
  • What made you want to have a personal relationship with Christ?
  • How has having Jesus in your life made a difference?
  • Were there any people who were instrumental in your coming to faith?

Please Note: While the testimony shared at the baptism service is only 1-2 sentences long, if you feel you want to prepare a longer testimony, we encourage you to do so and share it with your family and close friend, before or after the baptism service.

After You've Been Baptized... Now What?

What happens after we’ve been baptized? How are we to live now as followers of Jesus?

If you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective.

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ. And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.

Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. —Colossians 3:1-17 (MSG)

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DO I WEAR?
Wear a dark shirt and shorts (knee length). Shorts and t-shirt are available to use if you do not have any (various sizes available). Remember to bring a towel and dry undergarments.

WHERE DO I GO?
Baptisms are held at Airdrie Alliance Church, 1604 Summerfield Blvd. Make sure you invite your friends, family, and those who have been instrumental in your spiritual journey!

WHAT TIME?
Baptisms take place at both our 9:00am and 11:00am services on Baptism Sundays. Please meet one of our Pastors at the baptism tank in the sanctuary 15 minutes before the start of the service you are being baptized at. They will give you any additional instructions and answer any last-minute questions for you then.

WHO WILL BAPTIZE ME?
One of our Pastors! For the most part, we will try to accomodate your request if you would like a specific Pastor to baptize you.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
The actual baptism procedure is pretty simple...

  • Your short testimony will be read (by the Pastor) and the Pastor will ask you a couple of questions: 
    Have you received Jesus as you Lord and Saviour?
    Will you declare, "Jesus is Lord and I'm following Him"?

     
  • After answering both questions, the Pastor will say, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit," and will then baptize you! (See How do we do it? above for more details about water immersion).

If you have any questions, please email baptism@airdriealliance.com.